There were all sorts of ways to cheat back in school and I’m sure we’ve all tried them all at some point or another. It’s human nature to take the shortcut after all, and cheating has evolved a lot since I was in high school. I mean, once we figured out that writing the answers on your hand or a piece of paper was too obvious, most figured new ways from the simple, like wearing a baseball cap and tilting it slightly to the side so it doesn’t look like you’re peeking at your neighbor’s paper, to the elaborate, such as programing your calculator full of math formulas. However, is the fight against cheating turning into a technology witch hunt?
It wasn’t long ago that schools started banning cell phones for fear that students were texting each other answers. I’m not sure about you but if a teacher doesn’t notice a bunch of kids tapping away at their phones, then there are other problems altogether. Now schools are starting to ban iPods (and other MP3 players) because they believe students are recording answers and then playing them back during exams. Sounds a bit too elaborate to me. I mean, in order to do something like that, you’d have to record yourself reciting a bunch of chapters in a textbook and make it easy enough to access that you can play specific clips upon request. That seems like more work than actually studying to me.
Personally, I’m not quite sure how I would’ve survived school if I didn’t have my trusty…um…discman…all those years ago. I’m not sure if you noticed but school is boring and not allowing kids to bring music to school…well, that just makes it a bit worse.